Immigration Fact of the Week: How Many Senior Immigrants Live In the U.S.?

Question:

How many senior immigrants live in the U.S.?

Answer: About 4.6 million

The population of senior immigrants in the U.S., people aged 65 or older, rose from 2.7 million in 1990 to 4.6 million in 2010.

Two primary reasons account for the senior immigration demographic trend. First, immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children are simply aging into the 65-and-older age group. Secondly, adult immigrants who settled in the U.S. as young adults are increasingly sponsoring their parents to come to the U.S. Estimates suggest 10 percent of immigrants aged 65 and older have lived in the U.S. for less than 10 years.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, historical census data 1950-2000; and Current Population Survey, 2010.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, historical census data 1950-2000; and Current Population Survey, 2010.